new track & video

Last week we recorded a new track in our rehearsal room (both audio and video). This will give you an impression on how our project sounds and how it looks. For the first time we are using the connection between the audio and the video. It is a first attempt but the possibilities are endless and we very eager to use and improve this new opportunity. It can only get better : – )

The track is based on an old recording of Soul Of A Man by Blind Willie Johnson but you will also hear some Led Zeppelin

 

Jan’s favorite guitar

I changed to baritone (guitar and tuning) in 2008 when Jasper quit playing bass with Boo Boo Davis and I decided to try to play both the guitar and the bass parts at the same time. Turned out that baritone guitar and throwing away the pick was the perfect solution. I have never been a fan of high and flashy guitarplaying and always liked to lower part of the sound better. Also turns out that my favorite effect pedal (wah wah) sounds a lot better on the lower end.

I started out with a Gretsch and Danelectro but I missed „the bite” of my old strat so I tried to get the best of both worlds and ‚created’ my own guitar. The body is from a Japanese Squier Stratocaster that I bought new in 1984. The neck is replaced with a longer one; custom built by Ellio Martina. The scale of the new neck is 28,75” where the custom stratocaster neck is 25,5”. As you can see the bridge pick up is replaced by a humbucker (DiMarzio)

The strings that I am using is Ernie Balll Slinky Baritone (72 – 56 – 44 – 30 – 18 – 13). On this guitar I mostly use regular tuning but then 7 semi tones down so it becomes A – D – G – C – E – A. Also use the same string set on all my other guitars with a regular neck scale and then tune them down 4 semi tones to C – F – B flat – E flat – G – C.

 

 

 

ableton + resolume

When we started this project we wanted to combine everything we learned over the last 40 years and create something new with our experience and the technological possibillities of 2017. We are making great progress in adding and connecting graphics to our music and we are discovering new technical possibillities almost daily. For our musical ‚framework’ we are using Ableton and now we have connected that in real-time (via midi) to Resolume for the images, movies and visual effects. We are busy arranging, recording and taping and will be able to show you the first results soon.

biography

ElectroBluesSociety is a new duo mixing electronics with raw vintage live sounds

Both of the musicians have been active in the European blues/roots scene for more then 30 years and in this new project they like to mix that experience with current technologies and other musical styles. The musical input from this new duo ranges from Alan Lomax to Roxy Music and from Charlie Parker to Led Zeppelin. On stage you will find computers, a double bass, foot pedals, vintage amps, guitars, midi controllers, an old drumkit and lots of cables. All of this handled by the two band members.

JASPER MORTIER – drums, bass
mainly known as bass player but lately he found a new passion: playing drums !!  Over the last ten years Jasper worked with numerous great artists like Preston Shannon, ‘Sax’ Gordon Beadle, Monti Amundson, Philip Walker, Candye Kane, Melvin Taylor, Sherman Robertson, Terry Evans, Long John Hunter, Eddy Clearwater, Toni Lynn Washington, Paul Oscher, Doug Jay, Boo Boo Davis, Byther Smith, Boyd Small, and many others. Right now is is the bass player of the Jimmy Reiter Band.

JAN MITTENDORP – guitar, buttons
Since 1993 touring Europe with USA artists like:  Percy Strother, Smokey Wilson , Byther Smith, Burton Gaar, Roy Roberts, Larry Garner, Boo Boo Davis, Erskine Oglesby, Jody Williams, Roscoe Chenier, Clara McDaniel, Boyd Small, Billy Jones, Hosea Leavy, Percy Strother, Harrison Kennedy and many others.  In 2009 with Boo Boo Davis among others at Montreux Jazz Festival and Peer Bluesfestival.